Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) and Namibia Standards Institution (NSI) have agreed to extend cooperation in standardization and quality assurance matters so as to increase efficiency in the organizations.

The move follows a recent visit by Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) Chief Executive, Mr. Riundja Ali Kaakunga to the Bureau, aimed at sharing experience and learning what has been achieved so far by TBS in the area of standardization and quality assurance issues.

Mr Kakuunga said, NSI which has only five years of existence intends to introduce new activities and found that TBS is the best place where they can learn and share experience.

He said the two organizations need to have a memorandum of understanding that will state clearly areas of cooperation which will include exchange of expertise.

The CEO commended TBS for being at the forefront in assisting other standards bodies in the SADC and EAC countries by providing chances for attachment, which have proved a success to the benefiting countries.

Earlier, the TBS Acting Director General, Mr Joseph Masikitiko said his organization has been providing technical assistance to the newly established national standards bodies in the Southern and Eastern countries in various ways.

“The trend shows that other Bureaus have trust in TBS as they keep on visiting and attaching their staff at the Bureau,” he said.

During the one-day visit, the NSI Chief Executive accompanied by the Manager for Standards Development, Mr. Auritjiua Kauaria, visited TBS laboratories and the Imports Certification Office.